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The 2000–01 Iraqi Elite League was the 27th season of the competition since its foundation in 1974. The name of the league was changed from Iraqi First Division to Iraqi Elite League. Instead of relegating teams from the 1999–2000 season and promoting teams from the lower division in order to decide which teams were playing in the competition, the Iraq Football Association decided that every team in the country from every division should play qualifying games in order to decide who participated.

Iraqi Premier League
Season2000–01
ChampionsAl-Zawraa
(10th title)
RelegatedAl-Kut
Karbalaa
2002–03 AFC Champions LeagueAl-Zawraa
Top goalscorerHussein Abdullah
(22 goals)

The qualifying rounds saw a total of 135 teams being split into groups based on geographical position, all competing for the 16 places in the league. After all the qualifiers were over, the league competition itself was played and was 30 rounds long. This made it too difficult to schedule the 2000–01 edition of the Iraq FA Cup, so that competition was cancelled. In the end, Al-Zawraa won their third league title in a row, finishing a comfortable eight points clear of their rivals.[1] Al-Zawraa's record in the qualifying round was 17 matches, 14 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses, 80 goals scored, 6 goals conceded, +74 goal difference and 43 points.[2]

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QualifiersEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

In the first qualifying round, each province (apart from Baghdad and Sulaymaniya) had its own group with the highest-placed team in each group qualifying to the final qualifying round.

Province Group winner Notes
Al-Anbar Al-Ramadi
Al-Qadisiya Al-Diwaniya
Babil Al-Qassim Al-Qassim played Al-Hilla in a two-legged play-off which ended 1–1 on aggregate; Al-Qassim qualified on away goals. Other teams in the group included Babil
Baghdad All 35 teams admitted directly to final qualifying round
Basra Al-Minaa Al-Minaa played Al-Basra in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Minaa won 1–0 via a golden goal in extra-time. Other teams in the group included Al-Bahri and Al-Ittihad
Dhi Qar Al-Nasiriya
Diyala Al-Khalis Other teams in the group included Diyala, who withdrew
Duhok Duhok Other teams in the group included Zakho and Peris
Erbil Erbil
Karbalaa Karbalaa Other teams in the group included Al-Hindiya, Al-Jamahir and Al-Husseiniya
Kirkuk Kirkuk
Maysan Maysan Other teams in the group included Al-Amara
Muthanna Al-Samawa
Najaf Al-Najaf
Nineveh Al-Mosul Al-Mosul played Al-Hikna in a two-legged play-off; both legs ended in draws and Al-Mosul qualified on away goals
Salahaddin Samaraa Other teams in the group included Salahaddin
Sulaymaniya Al-Sulaymaniya admitted directly to final qualifying round
Wasit Al-Kut

Final qualifying roundEdit

In the final qualifying round, the 52 remaining teams were split into five groups based on geographical location.

North GroupEdit

Team Result
Erbil Qualified to League
Duhok
Samaraa
Kirkuk
Al-Mosul
Al-Sulaymaniya

Central GroupEdit

Team Result
Karbalaa Qualified to League
Al-Ramadi
Al-Kut
Al-Khalis
Al-Qassim

Baghdad GroupsEdit

Group AEdit
Team Result
Al-Zawraa Qualified to League
Al-Shorta
Al-Karkh
Al-Jaish Qualified to play-off
Al-Kadhimiya
Al-Khutoot
Al-Shabab
Al-Hudood
Al-Sinaa
Al-Bareed
Al-Nahdha
Al-Medain
Al-Umal
Al-Adhamiya
Al-Amana
Al-Siyaha
Tayaran Al-Jaish
Al-Shaheed Delaf
Group BEdit
Team Result
Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Qualified to League
Al-Talaba
Al-Naft
Al-Difaa Al-Jawi Qualified to play-off
Al-Sulaikh
Haifa
Al-Shuala
Al-Hurriya
Al-Tijara
Al-Majid
Al-Mahmoudiya
Al-Salama
Al-Qaqaa
Abu Ghraib
Tamouz
Batal Al-Tahreer
Al-Saqr Al-Arabi
Play-offEdit
  • Al-Difaa Al-Jawi defeated Al-Jaish to qualify for the League.

South GroupEdit

Team Result
Al-Minaa Qualified to League
Al-Najaf
Al-Samawa
Al-Nasiriya
Al-Diwaniya
Maysan

LeagueEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Al-Zawraa (C) 30 23 1 6 80 24 +56 70 2002–03 AFC Champions League preliminary round 3
2 Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya 30 18 8 4 53 34 +19 62
3 Al-Shorta 30 19 3 8 60 26 +34 60
4 Al-Talaba 30 17 9 4 42 21 +21 60
5 Duhok 30 16 7 7 44 24 +20 55
6 Al-Najaf 30 15 7 8 31 16 +15 52
7 Al-Karkh 30 14 8 8 48 33 +15 50
8 Al-Difaa Al-Jawi 30 13 9 8 33 29 +4 48
9 Al-Minaa 30 10 10 10 24 26 –2 40
10 Samaraa 30 10 6 14 34 41 –7 36
11 Al-Naft 30 8 10 12 32 41 –9 34
12 Erbil 30 6 11 13 24 46 –22 29
13 Al-Samawa 30 6 8 16 26 37 –11 26
14 Al-Ramadi 30 6 4 20 31 67 –36 22
15 Al-Kut 30 3 3 24 17 55 –38 12 Relegated to Iraq Division 1
16 Karbalaa 30 3 2 25 17 77 –60 11

Top goalscorersEdit

Pos Scorer Goals Team
1
Hussein Abdullah
22
Duhok
2
Ahmed Khudhair
19
Al-Shorta
3
Ammar Ahmad
14
Al-Zawraa

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